The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 1, 2013

Two face assault charges for clipping deputy

Deputies search for man who allegedly pushed driver's foot

By Dan Nienaber
dnienaber@mankatofreepress.com

---- — MANKATO — A felony arrest warrant has been issued for a man who allegedly assaulted a deputy by pushing woman's foot on to a car's accelerator after they had been stopped.

The woman driving the car, 31-year-old Corinna Faye Nielsen, also is facing a felony charge of use of deadly force against a peace officer for the incident, which happened early Saturday morning. The man who allegedly pushed her foot and caused her car to hit the deputy is 31-year-old Jacob John Friedrichs.

Blue Earth County sheriff's deputy Kyle Phillips was responding to a report of a disturbance in the 400 block of Neubert Lane in South Bend Township when he saw the car Nielsen was driving heading toward him. A woman called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. to report three people had surrounded her car and another woman, later identified as Nielsen, had punched out a window before leaving in a silver car.

Phillips was on Neubert Lane when he saw the car driving toward him. He stopped in the middle of the road, turned on his emergency lights and pointed his spotlight on the front of the car. Phillips reported he opened his door with his left hand and thought he put his squad car into park with his right hand as he got out.

Once he was out of his car, he watched a male passenger in Nielsen's car, who he recognized as Friedrichs, reach down toward Nielsen's leg, according to criminal complaints filed Monday in District Court. At the same time, Nielsen's car "rapidly accelerated" toward him. Phillips reported the car hit the driver's side door of his squad car, which pushed him into his door post.

As Phillips was yelling at Nielsen and telling her to pull over, the car seemed out of control before skidding to a stop in the middle of Birch Avenue, the complaints said. It then sped across Blue Earth County Road 33 before stopping again at a residence there.

At that point Phillips was able to identify Nielsen as the driver and ordered her to walk over toward a green pickup that also had stopped. That also was when Phillips realized he hadn't put his squad car into park and it had rolled down Neubert Lane, according to the complaints.

Nielsen told Phillips she wanted to stop, but Friedrichs had pushed her foot against the gas pedal in her car, Phillips reported. She also allegedly admitted a bloody spot on her hand was from punching out the window of Leah Bollman's car.

After being handcuffed, Nielsen gave Phillips a detailed description of the clothing Friedrichs was wearing. Several other law enforcement officers arrived to assist with the search, but Friedrichs couldn't be located in the wooded area adjacent to the Blue Earth River.

Friedrichs was arrested in February after a South Bend Township man reported he had been assaulted by two men who broke into his house. The second-degree assault charge was later dismissed after another man came forward and admitted he had assaulted the man. That man told investigators he was helping the victim's wife move out and only punched the victim after the victim tried to hit him first.